Astronomy Picture of the Day
January 26, 2013

More Streamlined Islands in Marte Vallis
More Streamlined Islands in Marte Vallis

Credits: NASA/JPL/Arizona State University (ASU) - Credits for the additional process. and color.: Dr Paolo C. Fienga/Lunar Explorer Italia/IPF

The Streamlined Islands (---> Islands whose outline was defined, in time, by the action of a powerful current, which could have been made of Water, Mud or even Lava) in today's VIS image - taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter during its 48017th orbit around the Red Planet - are located in the Northern Channel known as Marte Vallis. To know more about this Martian Outflow Channel and to see another fascinating Streamlined Island located inside it, please refer to the APOD of December, 3rd, 2012.

Latitude: 16,1996° North
Longitude: 183,659° East
Instrument: VIS
Captured: October, 10th, 2012

This frame (which is an Original Mars Odyssey Orbiter b/w frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 16652) has been additionally processed and then colorized in Absolute Natural Colors (such as the colors that a human eye would actually perceive if someone were onboard the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter and then looked down, towards the Surface of Mars), by using an original technique created - and, in time, dramatically improved - by the Lunar Explorer Italia Team.

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